is the Lord's
and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for He
founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters. Psalm 24:1 It does NOT belong to Gaia
as some would have us believe today. The respect and care that we have for this green globe must always begin and remain in the Creator who set the Earth in it's orbit.
It is a beautiful time of year as evidenced by these flowers that I spied on the way home from exercise this morning. Daffodils are not my favorite flower but they are the most cheerful of the spring flowers! After the long, cold, dark days of winter, the daffodils seem to be singing this hymn of the resurrection written in the 6th century by Venantius Fortunatus'
Loose the souls long prisoned, Bound with Satan's chain; All that now is fallen Raise to life again. Show Thy face in brightness, Bid the nations see; Bring again our daylight; Day returns with Thee. "Welcome happy morning!" Age to age shall say; "Hell today is vanquished, Heav'n is won today!"
Earth Day would guilt us into believing that if we are not careful, we will destroy the earth by our reckless disregard for the environment. We must stop using paper bags because we are cutting down too many trees. We must use plastic biodegradable bags. Wait! We must stop using plastic bags because they are indeed destroying the earth so it is back to paper bags. It reminds me of a contemporary worship service where they can't quite get the liturgy of the Gaia religion straight. God's Word assures us that the earth is being destroyed. In Isaiah we hear "Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies." Boy, can I identify with the phrase "wear out like a garment."
Isaiah does continue with the ulimate good news, "But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail." That is wonderful news that you will never hear amid the gloom and doom of Earth Day! That is the kind of news that focuses on the Savior Christ and the salvation He has purchased for us, not with carbon credits, but with His holy precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death.